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Frequently referred to as a 'baroque masterpiece', Lecce has been beautifully constructed from soft, pale local sandstone, and is a fancy for those with fancy tastes. The elaborate architecture peaks on the hilltop at the centre of town with the Piazza del Duomo, around the cathedral, and the decorative masterpiece the Basilica di Santa Croce, where some of the best places to stay in Lecce can be found.

As well as an architectural triumph, Lecce is fascinating historically, and the largest town on Puglia's beach-tastic Solento peninsula. So this is a wonderful base for anyone who enjoys mixing the sun and sand with a bit of cultural exploration.

Lecce is the 'Florence of the South', not actual Florence, and hotels are priced accordingly. If you're looking for the best place to stay in Lecce you'll have plenty of choice, from grand, luxurious baroque fantasies to more modest B&Bs or villa accommodation.

Lecce Architectural Treasures

The area around the cathedral is where most of Lecce's most famous sights are crowded, in amongst the spider's web of lovely streets and piazzas.

Santa Croce is probably where the baroque designs are at their most fantastical, but the Chiesa del Rosario, the Chirsa dei SS Nicolo e Cataldo and the Chiesa de Santa (all churches) are also worth seeking out.

Lecce's main gate the Porta Napoli, based on a Roman triumphal arch, is also impossible not to notice and appreciate.

As is the castle, built originally in the 12th Century, but spruced up in the 16th Century because it wasn't looking fancy enough.

Highlights of Historic Lecce

Exploring Lecce's fascinating history is easy. First stop should be the Museo Provinciale, where you have 10,000 years of history - starting with the Palaeolithic.

Then on to the Museo Faggiano, a private home with layers of history beneath its floorboards.

Then visit the Roman Amphitheatre: horseshoe seating for 15,000 from the 2nd Century, discovered underneath a piazza in 1901.

Lecce for the Food and Wine

Lecce is also a great place to visit for foodies. There are several cooking schools here, so it's a good place to learn more about the typical rustic dishes of the region's cuisine. There are also plenty of food and wine tours you can join.

The old town abounds with small restaurants, just be careful to choose those which are aimed at locals, rather than tourists, as that's where you'll find the most authentic dishes.

Best places to stay in Lecce

For central location

  • If you're looking for a B&B right in the centre of town, Palazzo Gorgoni is one of the best places to stay in Lecce for you. Graceful on the outside, the rooms are light and airy - some of them with the wonderful exposed sandstone Lecce is known for. This is an elegant spot, and with rooms starting from just £59 per night, it's also one of our recommendations if you're watching your wallet.
  • If you're in love with Lecce's baroque masterpieces and want to stay in one, book Palazzo Persone. Built in the 16th Century, some of the nicest original features have been retained in the refurbishment. And each of the six rooms has its own special something - 'Sinagoga' for example, has the stone columns from the synagogue which once stood on this site. The small size means this is also one of the best places to stay in Lecce if you're looking for somewhere relaxing and home-from-home-y.

For five star luxury

  • If you're looking for a modern hotel the Risorgimento Resort is one of the best places to stay in Lecce. The building is elegant and simple - very simple for Lecce's standards - and inside you're greeted by five stars worth of mod. cons in elegant colours and sharp, clever design. The spa is good, the roof terrace has wonderful views and there's both a restaurant and a bistro.  
  • The Patria Palace is ideal if you're looking for traditional comforts. For many years this wonderful hotel with its frescoes, fancy stucco work and cherry wood furniture, was the only decent place to stay in Lecce. There are now other options, but this is still one of the best places to stay in Lecce if you're looking for five star hospitality and comfort. The spa is small but good, the restaurant is small but lovely, the views from the roof terrace are unbeatable and the location, right opposite the wonderful basilica, can't be beaten.

For Families

  • With its beautiful courtyard garden filled with orange trees and large, welcoming rooms, L'Orangerie d'Epoque is one of the best places to stay in Lecce for families or groups. There are only three rooms and a suite - two which have their own kitchenettes and one which has a huge working fireplace. All have access to the garden. And all are decorated with antiques and family heirlooms - the palazzo was built by the present owner's grew grandfather in 1878. 

Still not sure which hotel to book? Browse though our list of all the best places to stay in Lecce, or call, or email, one of our gurus for advice. Alternatively see our full list of recommendations for Puglia.

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  • Palazzo Rollo


    Characterful B&B. Unique rooms have tiled floors, traditional fabrics and antique furniture. There is a charming breakfast room, lounge room and rooftop garden terrace. Ivy clad facade, a very welcoming stay at excellent value.

    6 rooms from $67
    Groups  -  For a small group, hotel's self catering apartments are ideal to prepare Italian picnics before a day of history or bike ride
    Cooking classes  -  Awaiting Table Italian Cooking School
    Sights nearby  -  Piazza del Duomo
    Full of character
  • Palazzo Personè


    Located in an old 16th-century Synagogue, this charming B&B has bedrooms with original stone walls, high ceilings and calming natural colours. Palazzo Personè also boasts an extraordinary Baroque facade, cafe and cellar restaurant with wine bar. A great spot for exploring this ancient city.

    6 rooms from $71
    Value chic  -  Stylish accommodation at an equally attractive price
    Great walks  -  Via Libertini and Piazza del Duomo
    Sights nearby  -  Amphitheatre Romano
    Full of character
  • Palazzo Gorgoni

    Lecce, Puglia

    Graceful B&B near Sant'Oronzo Square in the centre of Lecce. Huge, light-filled bedrooms with sandstone walls, parquet floors, and elegant furniture. A great value spot, and family friendly too.

    4 rooms from $79
    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  Located bang in the centre of Lecce
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
  • Corte dei Francesi


    Contemporary hotel in former tannery. Large rooms have exposed bricks walls, furnishings in cream and white, modern bathrooms and artworks. Sunny outdoor terrace to enjoy breakfast. Short walk from city's sights. Chic, elegant and grown-up.

    10 rooms from $90
    Romantic Break  -  Elegant rooms with four posters draped in white, charming outdoor terrace, plenty of historical walks and Italian dining clse by
    Sights nearby  -  Maglie Duomo, Palazzo Baronale Capece, and Madonna Addolorata Church.
    Great walks  -  Corte dei Francesi is just a short walk from city centre
  • L'Orangerie d'Epoque


    Three pretty bedrooms and a gorgeous garden in a family palazzo. Antique furniture, stone fireplaces and period vaulted ceilings - two bedrooms have kitchenettes and access to the garden. Plus there is a larger suite ideal for families. A great value choice.

    3 rooms from $101
    Families  -  The suite sleeps four plus there are self-catering facilities
    Value chic  -  Stylish, relaxed accommodation at a great price
    Local markets  -  Visit charming local craft markets
    Great walks  -  Guided tours available
  • Patria Palace


    Traditional comforts and great hospitality in the heart of town. Behind the lovely Lecce stone facade the bedrooms contain frescoes, stucco work, cherry wood furniture and rich fabrics. A lovely little restaurant, small spa and gorgeous roof top terrace with views of Lecce.

    63 rooms from $113
    City Style  -  Fantastic service, elegant rooms and historic charm in the heart of Lecce
    Sights nearby  -  Santa Croce Basilica
    Great walks  -  Sant’Oronzo square
  • Santa Chiara


    Elegant hotel in city centre. Rooms feature wooden floors, creamy fabrics and big marble bathrooms. Roof terrace, gym and bar. Minutes from historical city sights; ideal for exploring as a city break.

    21 rooms from $129
    Local exploring  -  Situated opposite Must gallery and close to the Cathedral, hotel has a romantic roof terrace bar to enjoy an apertif and views
    Sights nearby  -  Roman Amphitheatre; Cathedral of Lecce
    Cooking classes  -  In town- hotel can advise
  • Mantatelure

    Lecce (Le Palmeraie S.r.l.)

    Refined sixteenth century mansion in a quiet corner of stunning Baroque Lecce with six modern, elegant rooms. Guests can enjoy a freshly baked Italian breakfast or sip glasses of prosecco in the exclusive garden terrace beneath the citrus trees, or relax in the hot tub. The perfect romantic getaway.

    6 rooms from $176
    Local markets  -  Explore local coffee shops and street markets.
    Sights nearby  -  Basilica di Santa Croce on Via Umberto
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Risorgimento Resort


    High-tech luxury and stylish contemporary design in a lovely old building. The five-star hotel combines earthy hues and local materials with sleek modernism. Elegant roof top restaurant serves local dishes, and has great city views. Spa and meeting facilities. City style for the mainstream.

    47 rooms from $157
    City Style  -  A chic hotel with panoramic rooftop views of Lecce’s Baroque historic centre.
    Great walks  -  The Botanical Garden on Via Provinciale Lecce
    Local markets  -  Visit local craftsmen on Via Palmieri
    Sights nearby  -  Piazza Sant'Oronzo
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection
  • La Fiermontina


    A small corner of tranquility in central Lecce. Bearing distinctive local architecture, the hotel's minimalist aesthetic is complimented by pinnacled ceilings and tasteful modern art. Relax by the swimming pool, surrounded by olive groves, and enjoy some delicious Pugliese cuisine.

    16 rooms from $222
    Total relaxation  -  A modern retreat in the heart of town - an urban idyll
    Romantic Break  -  A great escape to take a loved one
    Sights nearby  -  Within five minutes walk of Basilica of Santa Croce, Roman Amphitheatre and Duomo Square.
    Local markets  -  Browse the local markets of Lecce.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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